Salem Oak largest white oak tree in New Jersey

Salem Oak largest white oak tree in New Jersey

It's taken several hundred years, but the mighty Salem Oak has made it to No. 1.

The landmark tree on West Broadway is now ranked as the largest white oak tree in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

But being ranked No. 1 in the state did come at a price. What had once been declared the largest white oak in the state in Freehold, Monmouth County, died last year, according to NJDEP Spokesman Larry Hajna.

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10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey 2016

10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey 2016

East Broadway was recently listed by Preservation New Jersey as one of the 10 most endangered historic sites in the state. There are over twenty vacant buildings in the 2/3 of a mile stretch, most with important historic eighteenth and nineteenth century architecture including a collection of Federal-style houses.

It is also home to two historically important churches; Mount Hope, which is the oldest piece of property owned by an African-American organization in Salem County and one of the oldest in the state, and Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. the oldest continuously operating A.M.E. (African Methodist Episcopal) church in the United States.

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